FLYERS LOOK TO REACH DEAL WITH STREIT
The free agent market lacks puck moving defensemen, which is a reason we saw Sergei Gonchar receive a 2 year, $10 million contract from the Dallas Stars this week who traded for his rights.
The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to take the best one off the market and going the same route the Stars went, trading a 4th round pick and a prospect for the negotiating rights to New York Islanders defenseman Mark Streit.
Streit, 35, will greatly improve the Flyers transition game and if paired with a defensive defenseman, won’t be a huge liability in the defensive zone. What really stood out with Streit during the Penguins – Islanders series is how the Islanders controlled the neutral zone and Streit was a big part of it due to his ability on the breakout. He can be a liability defensively, but his vision and ability to handle the puck, gets him out of tough situations and we saw that against Pittsburgh.
The risk with Streit is the age. He’s 35 years old and seeking a 4 year deal worth $20 million.
The Flyers have Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nick Grossmann, Luke Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Bruno Gervais under contract for next season.
The Flyers are expected to buyout Ilya Bryzgalov and Daniel Briere.
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